Mini-workshop topics

  • Math Basketball
  • Signals and Encryption
  • Hexominoes
  • Cyberlaunch Robotics
  • Cyberlaunch Coding with Drones
  • Cyberlaunch Animation
  • Innovation Stations
  • Stream Ecology
  • Sprucebud Worm Outbreaks
  • Mining and Resources
  • Chemical Magic
  • How Does Magnetic Resonance Imaging Work?
  • Ozobots
  • Signals and Encryption
  • Box Head Maze
  • many more ...

The Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) is hosting a camp for the Girl Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers of New Brunswick and PEI on the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton (UNBF) campus on May 12-13, 2018. During this event, over 500 girls aged 9-17 will participate in mini-workshop sessions aimed at increasing awareness and engagement in Science - Technology - Engineering - Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  This is the first in a series of planned events spanning Atlantic Canada.

Girls will arrive on campus on Saturday, May 12 and leave Sunday, May 13. They will stay in residence and eat in meal halls (Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast). Girls will attend five workshop sessions on Saturday and one on Sunday. Workshops will be run by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, and will cover a wide range of topics and activities related to the Mathematical Sciences.

Registration for this event is now closed.  Please see the Girl Guides of Canada website for more information.

Women in STEM panel

On the evening of Saturday, May 12, the entire group of 500 girls and over 100 Guiders will assemble to learn more about the exciting new national Girls First guiding initiative from Rochelle Strauss as well as Canada's first ever team to compete in the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad.  They will also get a chance to quiz a diverse panel of women who work in STEM fields about their education, career choices, and passion for science and math! Our panelists are:

Katy Haralampides

Professor of Civil Engineering

Katy Haralampides is a professor of civil engineering at the University of New Brunswick. She has both a biology and an engineering background, and likes to combine the two in the emerging field of ecohydraulics. She also works with colleagues at other universities and colleges on the topic of Engineering and Social Justice, which involves looking where at alternative pedagogies and curriculum that incorporate social justice issues into the classroom and the engineering profession as a whole.

Roxanne McKnight

Accountant and Pathfinder/Ranger Guider

Roxanne McKnight has been a Guider for the 1st Norton Guides Pathfinders and Rangers for the past 11 years. She is the Financial and Access Co-ordinator for Horizon Health and it is located at the Saint John Regional Hospital. She has a Business Administration-Accounting Diploma from NBCC and is a Certified Bookkeeper, C.B. with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping. Roxanne has worked in the accounting field since 1985 (33 years) in various positions and (businesses) organizations. She also has a small accounting/personal tax business.

Debbie Plouffe

Biologist and Guide Guider

Debbie Plouffe is a Guider with the 1st Little Pond Guides in Eastern Prince Edward Island and also serves as a trainer and Safe Guide Assessor. Debbie holds both a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Biological Sciences. Debbie has worked in the application of bioscience technology to the aquaculture industry for more than 10 years and serves as a member of the board of directors of the PEI Bioalliance and the Aquaculture Association of Canada.

Dorette Pronk (panel moderator)

Professor of Mathematics

Dorette Pronk is a professor of pure mathematics at Dalhousie University and a member of the AARMS Executive Committee. She is interested in category theory, which is the study of the abstract structures underpinning all of mathematics and computer science. She is also interested in mathematical outreach and problem solving competitions. Dorette recently coached Canada's first ever team to compete in the European Girls' Mathematics Olympiad in Florence, Italy.

Catrina Russell

Geologist and Guide Guider

Catrina Russell is a Guide Leader in Saint John, NB. She was inspired to study science while earning her Space Badge as a Brownie. She went on to study geology at UNB and space studies at the International Space University, spending her summers camped out in a meteorite crater in northern Quebec. She is now a public educator at the New Brunswick Museum where she runs educational programs on all aspects of New Brunswick's natural and cultural heritage. She also volunteers with the Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark, Interpretation Canada, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Mayada Shahada

Postdoctoral fellow

Mayada Shahada is a postdoctoral fellow working in the field of Commutative Algebra in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Dalhousie University. She is also the Director of Nova Scotia Math Circles Outreach Program. Mayada is interested in combinatorial algebra theory; the theory that employs methods from abstract algebra in various combinatorial contexts and, conversely, applies combinatorial techniques to problems in algebra. She also very active in outreach. Mayada believes that math, in general, is possible, relevant and is a very enjoyable subject.

Emily Weston

Chemical Engineering undergraduate student

Emily Weston is entering her final year of a Chemical Engineering program with the Biomedical Engineering option at UNB (Fredericton). She's also pursuing a minor in math and a Technology Management and Entrepreneurship diploma. She enjoys playing piano, and any kind of art; and while she was never a Girl Guide, she always bought the cookies.

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